TBA Press Releases

New Resource Helps Tennesseans Understand, Navigate Programs and Benefits for Senior Citizens

The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors includes information about federal benefits programs, estate planning, online security and health care

NASHVILLE, Feb. 24, 2014 – The Tennessee Bar Association released a new handbook today designed to help Tennesseans better understand federal and state benefits, new health care laws and a wide range of other issues of importance to senior citizens. The Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors is available for download on the TBA website and will be the subject of presentations across the state starting this week.

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Nearly 150 Judicial Candidates Sign Campaign Code of Conduct

Judges and judicial candidates agree to higher standard of campaign conduct

NASHVILLE, Jan. 29, 2014 -- A list of judges and judicial candidates who have agreed to a higher standard of campaign conduct was released today by the Tennessee Bar Association. Nearly 150 have signed the Tennessee Fair Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct. In doing so, they agree not to comment during the campaign on legal issues that might come before them as a judge, and if elected, to conduct themselves in a fair and impartial manner and recuse themselves from issues on which they already have announced how they would rule.

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Roane County Child Advocate Named 2014 CASA Volunteer of the Year

Award given to Jack McNew at Nashville ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 23, 2014 -- Jack McNew of Harriman has been named the 2014 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The award recognizes McNew's five years of service as a volunteer for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, which serves children in Loudon, Morgan and Roane counties.

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Belmont Law Student Recognized for Pro Bono Work

Award to be presented to Katie Blankenship at luncheon Saturday

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 — Katie Blankenship, a third-year student at the Belmont University College of Law, will be honored with the state’s top award for law student pro bono work at a luncheon ceremony Saturday in Nashville.

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Johnson City Legal Aid Lawyer Named 2014 Public Service Attorney of the Year

TBA to recognize Deborah Yeomans at luncheon ceremony Saturday

NASHVILLE, Jan. 16, 2014 — Johnson City lawyer Deborah Yeomans will be honored as the state’s top public service attorney at a luncheon ceremony Saturday in Nashville.

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Chattanooga Lawyer to Receive Pro Bono Award for Exceptional Volunteer Work

TBA to recognize Buz Dooley at luncheon ceremony Saturday

NASHVILLE, Jan. 16, 2014 — Chattanooga lawyer Charles “Buz” Dooley will be honored with the state’s top pro bono award for his volunteer work with Legal Aid of East Tennessee at a luncheon ceremony Saturday in Nashville.

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5 Tennessee Law Firms Commit to Greater Legal Service for the Poor

Offices and lawyers to be honored at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 16, 2014 -- The Tennessee Bar Association on Saturday will recognize five law firms in the state for adopting formal pro bono policies calling on employees to do more for Tennesseans who cannot afford legal representation.

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New Resource Helps Voters Understand the Judicial System and Evaluate Judges Facing Election This Year

Tennessee one of eight states to participate in ‘Informed Voters’ Project

NASHVILLE, Jan. 13, 2014 -- A new campaign to educate voters about the judicial system, the importance of fair and impartial judicial elections and how to evaluate judicial candidates launches this week in Tennessee, one of eight states to participate in the “Informed Voters -- Fair Judges” project sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges and the League of Women Voters.

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TBA Announces 2014 Video Contest for Students

YouTube contest explores how laws are made, amended and repealed

NASHVILLE, Jan. 6, 2014 — Tennessee Bar Association President and Sevierville lawyer Cindy Wyrick today announced the association’s Fourth Annual YouTube Video Contest to encourage middle and high school students to explore how laws are made, amended and repealed. Titled “There Ought to be a Law,” the contest challenges students to create a three-minute video that discusses an issue they would like to see addressed through the legislative process.

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Free Legal Assistance Helped 1,800 Tennesseans in October

Lawyers served residents across the state at 80 Celebrate Pro Bono events

NASHVILLE, Nov. 21, 2013 —Tennessee lawyers helped 1,800 state residents by providing free legal information and advice throughout the month of October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association's Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

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